These small-scale gouache paintings consider the emotional resonance of human relationships and how they become inextricably linked with the places where they flourish or whither.

Geometric forms have the look of logic – rational, ascetic – and here they are allegories for interpersonal interactions. Elements of landscape and still life reflect on how places become familiar, accruing meaning as they provide context for lived experiences. Created more than a decade after moving to Oregon, these works began as an homage to the red-hued Mojave desert where I grew up and the journey, often fraught, that made the verdurous Pacific Northwest my home.

In short, stories are abstractions of events; geometry is the abstraction of the space where those events occur.